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October 26, 2015

Managing Gen X Team Members

Generation X (born 1960-1980) is a tough generation to manage and motivate. Called “latch key” kids, most were born into either two-parent Baby Boomer families or single parent households. In both cases, many Gen X children had to fend for themselves since their parents were working. As a result, Gen Xers tend to be independent, resourceful employees who don’t like being told what to do and how to do it. shutterstock_105487496

Loyalty to an employer is considered outdated and unnecessary. This generation changes jobs often and for any reason. Keep in mind, they introduced the concepts of benefits portability, work-life balance, and flexibility to the workplace. Generation X works to live and have a lifestyle.

Manage Gen X team members with freedom. Tell them what is needed and how results will be evaluated, then leave them alone. Provide them with state-of-the-art, high tech tools and reward them with more flexibility to work off-site or change the hours they need to be onsite. Understand your company’s family-friendly policies and benefits and help your employees take advantage of them.

See my blog post How Each Generation Views Leadership and my e-book Leading 4 Generations for more information. 

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